Double strike for 3YO graduates

Double strike for 3YO graduates29 Dec 2023

Settat completed a winning double for a pair of our homebred three-year-olds at Cranbourne when he thundered home to put his rivals away over 1400 metres.

The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-prepared son of Almanzor followed the winning lead of his stablemate Immediacy, who had made the perfect start to his career two races earlier.

A son of Almanzor, Settat drifted a long way off the pace before rider Luke Currie sent him around runners near the turn and the gelding unleashed down the outside of the track to mow his rivals down.

“He got back and then got to the outside and came with big bounds,” stable representative Brendan Hawtin said.

“He is going to be a lot better once he gets over a bit further, so it was a nice surprise and he showed a good turn of foot.”

Hawton said Settat had responded well to patient handling and expected him to continue to develop with more experience.

“He’s been a slow maturer, but this preparation he has improved a fair bit. It’s amazing what a bit of time can do and he is very well bred and will take a fair bit of improvement, so it’s quite exciting.”

Settat was purchased out of our weanling draft at Karaka for $42,000 by John Corcoran and was then sold by Grangewilliam Stud at the Ready to Run Sale for $220,000 to Busuttin Racing and Andrew Campbell Bloodstock.

He is a son of the Fastnet Rock mare Sure Enough and we sold Settat’s sister to Queensland’s KPW Bloodstock at Karaka earlier this year for $150,000.